Why We Invest in Authentic Founders

GAN

When GAN Ventures considers whether to invest in a startup, we look for four primary things: Authentic founders: Founders that know their own strengths and weaknesses and aren’t afraid to ask for help. Passionate founders: Founders that joyfully know more about their market than most people would think is normal to know about anything. Authentic founders communicate what’s going on with themselves.

The Moments that Define Investor and Founder Relationships

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In almost every single investment I’ve ever made, I can think of a singular moment in my relationship with a founder that, no matter what came before or what might come after, defined our relationship. Often times, it came in a very vulnerable and down moment for the founder—perhaps they just lost out on a big opportunity, had someone from the team leave, or they’re running low on capital before sales have come around.

Social Media and Thought Leadership for Founders

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Just the immediate priorities seem to take up more than one person’s potential working hours—so it’s no surprise that when it comes to something like social media, many founders have trouble making it a priority. The consequences of failing to position a founder’s profile aren’t always obvious—and it’s usually all about missed opportunities. Some founders get more press, get speaking opportunities or have an easier time fundraising thanks to leads that started with social media.

Some Quick Things Every Founder Should Know

Both Sides of the Table

You get to have interesting conversations with founders and review business plans and then see how these businesses evolve over the years. " Revenue doesn't pay your bills, GM does  —  @msuster 2/ Founders obsess with revenue as a vanity metric.

Founder’s Stock Is Gold, If You Know The Rules

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In reality, so-called “Founder’s” shares are simply common stock, issued at the time of startup incorporation, for a very low price, and normally allocated to the multiple initial players commensurate with their investment or role. Invested Interests entrepreneur founders stock startup

Funding Demystified! Free Course Offers Founders a Guide to Raising Capital

TechStars

Techstars co-founder Brad Feld and Techstars mentor Jason Mendelson—both renowned venture capitalists, partners at the Foundry Group, and authors of Venture Deals: Be Smarter Than Your Lawyer and Venture Capitalist —are again giving their FREE online course Venture Deals.

After the Exit: What’s Next for SendGrid Founder Isaac Saldana?

TechStars

Ever wondered what a startup founder does after their company is acquired for billions of dollars ? Isaac Saldana, Co-founder of SendGrid—which was acquired by Twilio for $3 billion in an all-stock deal in October 2018—isn’t lounging on a beach.

Why Female Founder Office Hours is So Important

Both Sides of the Table

If you haven’t yet heard about Female Founder Office Hours it is an initiative you should be aware of whether you’re male, female or any other gender identify. Take Action You’ll see from the website that Female Founder Office Hours have several dates set.

The Biggest Mistakes First-Time Founders Make

Y Combinator

Y Combinator CEO and Partner Michael Seibel on the biggest mistakes first-time founders make. Topics. 00:10 – Solving a problem you don’t care about. 1:00 – Helping users you don’t care about. 1:40 – Choosing cofounders you don’t know well. 2:20 – Not having transparent conversations with your cofounder. 3:20 – Not launching. 4:45 – Not using analytics. 5:02 – Not knowing where your first users will come from.

Give First Wherever You Go: One Founder’s Journey from Mexico to Detroit

TechStars

René Pons, co-founder of PPAP Manager, has founded a company in Mexico, run Techstars Startup Weekends across Central America, and gotten into Techstars Detroit. ” —René Pons, Founder of PPAP Manager. Rene Pons, Founder of PPAP Manager.

How Startup Founders Can Better Manage Their Time

Onevest

As we tell our founders at 1000 Angels , the private investor network that connects startups with investors, time management is an important component of any business, but when it comes to launching a startup it is even more critical. Founder WisdomBy Michael Whitehouse.

Techstars Includes Diverse LEADers: Carrie Shuler, Creator, Communicator, Fighter, Founder

TechStars

I am currently the Co-Founder at Stark Mobility (8.1k Don‘t jump the gun with co-founders. Diversity Stronger Together Diverse LEADers diversity Techstars Includes Women Founders

How International Founders Can Raise US Financing

Startup Grind

When I was a Y Combinator partner, I noticed that more and more of the batches were companies started by international founders. International founders typically have some combination of these three reasons: a) Access to capital The number one answer is access to capital.

Welcoming MDmetrix to the Founders’ Co-op family

Founders Coop

The U.S. spends about twice what other high-income nations do on health care, but with results that are often worse than those countries achieve at much lower cost. In 2009, in a national effort to improve quality and lower costs, the Federal government launched a huge incentive program to drive the adoption of Electronic Medical Records (EMRs), spending an estimated $40 billion over the past decade to implement this data-gathering technology in hospitals across the country.

The Bad Advice Diverse Founders are Given Around Fundraising

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Yesterday, I met with a founder with an interesting model who was raising $400k to bring the finishing touches to her product to make it customer-ready. In fact, the only founder I've ever seen completely run the table for a multi-million dollar seed round based off of a Powerpoint is Chantel Waterbury of chloe + isabel. This blog post is not about debating if "enough" diverse founders get funding--whatever that might mean.

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Why are Revenue-Based VCs investing in so many women & underrepresented founders?

David Teten - VC

Many are reporting that they’re seeing a more diverse pool of applicants than traditional equity VCs… even though virtually none have a particular focus on women or underrepresented founders. RBI normally requires founders to pay back their investors with a fixed percentage of revenue until they have finished providing the investor with a fixed return on capital, which they agree upon in advance. Why are Revenue-Based VCs investing in so many women and underrepresented founders?

You Don't Need a Co-Founder

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I've heard a lot of VCs tell founders they need co-founders--and that they wouldn't look at a business at a very early stage without a co-founder. A lot of accelerators treat solo founders the same way--making it an implied requirement to participate. I don't think you can get into YC with this kind of "Godfather"-type co-founder as your partner if they're not going to be there day in and day out. but you do need a team.

Revenue-Based Investing: A New Option for Founders who Care About Control

David Teten - VC

John Borchers, Co-founder and Managing Partner of Decathlon Capital, claims to be the largest revenue-based financing investor in the US. RBI structures help to protect the equity of both founders and investors. I predict that the RBI model will become part of the standard set of options for founders raising capital, for use whenever appropriate, just as today founders raise opportunistically via preferred equity, convertible notes, cash advances, venture loans, and so on. .

Welcoming Ally to the Founders’ Co-op Family

Founders Coop

But like it says in our name, we invest in founders first and businesses second. We didn’t chose to partner with Ally founder Vetri Vellore just because of the amazing business he’s built, but also because of the passion and thoughtfulness with which he is building it. Welcome Vetri, to the Founders’ Co-op family!

Female Founders Office Hours and Happy Hour – July 26

Y Combinator

We’re hosting group office hours and a happy hour for female founders on Friday, July 26 at the YC office in Mountain View, California. These discussions will be led by a YC partner and you’ll be joined by founders from 4-5 other companies. Female Founders YC News FeatureIf you’re in the early stages of building a company we’d love to meet you — anyone from idea stage through Series A is welcome to join.

Techstars Includes Diverse LEADers: Camilla Olson, Fashioning Body-Positive Beauty

TechStars

See more Techstars Diverse LEADers here —> Diversity Stronger Together Diverse LEADers diversity Techstars Includes Women FoundersTechstars Includes Diverse LEADers is our series highlighting diverse members of the Techstars Network.

Why I Look for Obsessive and Competitive Founders

Both Sides of the Table

This blog started from a series of conversations I found myself having over and over again with founders and eventually decided I should just start writing them.It The founders of DropBox, Airbnb, Uber – you name it. Obsession. The drive to succeed at all costs.

“Delivering Meaningful Opportunities to do Good Stuff Together:” Community Leader Spotlight with Pascale Hyboud-Peron

TechStars

Pascale Hyboud-Peron, Co-founder and Director of Venture Centre , has an awesome Twitter bio: “Creating connections and exploring intersections between people and ideas by delivering meaningful opportunities to do good stuff together #entrepreneurship.”.

Female Founders: What the numbers mean and what they don't

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The funny thing about stats is that you can basically come up with a stat to justify any argument or position--and the whole female founders in tech conversation has a ton of numbers that people put out there as various types of proof and justification, or blame. I tend not to back the type of founder who thinks that code and design alone breaks down all industry barriers--which means that the average age of the founders I''ve seeded has been around 33.

One Decade In, Saying Hello to the Next One: Announcing Founders’ Co-op IV

Founders Coop

In early 2008 we announced the formation of Founders’ Co-op. million it wasn’t much of one, just some of our own money and some from a few local friends who knew how hard it was to be a founder up in this remote corner of the world. The only kinds of founders who start companies in the teeth of a recession are the ones who can’t imagine doing anything else. million, to lean into our strategy of being first to support the most promising founders here in the Pacific Northwest.

When Should Technical Founders Become CEO?

Both Sides of the Table

Much has been written about when it is time to hire a “professional CEO” to run a startup company and of course that has long been a norm in Silicon Valley when founders find that their inexperience may be a limiting factor in company growth ( know as the Peter Principle ). In more recent times we have seen people like Matt Mullenweg – the founder of WordPress – step back into the company’s CEO role after 8 years.

Startup Founders Should Flip Burgers

Both Sides of the Table

I did almost every VC meeting myself save for when one of my co-founders, Tim Barker, was in town. This is part of my ongoing series Startup Advice. This is a story of one of the risks of venture capital.

What Happened When I Hit a Wall and the Important Question I’m Using to Move Past It

GAN

Shame because I write and talk about founder mental health all the time. The Future of Work exhaustion founder fitness founder wellness mental health overwhelm startup lifeLast week, I wrote about how essential it is to ask yourself one important question before going through an accelerator program: What do you want your (work) life to be like?

Tips For An Effective Co-Founder Relationship

Onevest

By Tim Houghten What really makes for an effective, and lasting co-founder relationship? Is the magical pixie dust that gives co-founder relationships wings really all about eHarmony style data matching? So leverage platforms for spotting and connecting with potential co-founders.

Founders. Run. Amok. It Starts With a Term Sheet.

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It was a company whose product I believed in and whose founder I liked, but a firm lobbed in a term sheet at a price 33% higher than what I had offered using a very light agreement meant for a much earlier stage company. Then, I read about the idiotic comments made by a co-founder of Rap Genius. Founders. Founders. They got that way due in large part to a very public founder friendly stance. I treat all my founders equally.

Founders, Ownership and Prenuptials

Both Sides of the Table

Yesterday I wrote a blog post ( here ) in which I urged people to not have too many founders. These situations are only compounded if you have 3 or more founders. I know that many people reading this will be in companies with 3+ founders and aren’t having any friction. They agreed to all be co-founders. But I still think it’s right for many a founder / entrepreneur. This is part of my ongoing series, “ Startup Lessons.&#.

If I join a company as a co-founder, should I ask for a board seat?

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If you are going to be a true co-founder (and 20% equity sounds like it), sharing over-all decision making about company direction, strategy, financing, staffing, etc. with one or more co-founders, and you see that role continuing in the future, as the company’s President or Chief Operating Officer, then being on the board might make sense. Over time, founders typically *leave* the board as they are replaced by an increasing number of investors/independents.

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In-House vs. Outsource: What’s the Best Accounting Strategy for Your Startup?

500

Guest Post: Justin McLoughlin is the Founder of airCFO. All Founders Tips and TrendsUnder no circumstances should any of the below content be construed as legal, tax or investment advice from 500 Startups or any of its affiliates. The early days of any company are all about resource management. Life as a startup is perilous. The companies who survive and thrive are usually the ones who find ways to do more with less.

The Very First Startup Founder You Need to Invest in is You

Both Sides of the Table

This week I wrote about obsessive and competitive founders and how this forms the basis of what I look for when I invest. And that’s what differentiates founders and early employees.

Teaching a VC How To See

TechStars

Mary Haskett, founder and CEO of Blink Identity , had a problem. It helps that these two are old friends, but any co-founders can do this—if they’re willing to work together and support each other. Accelerators bias blink identity Network woman founder

The First Live Meeting With A Founder

Haystack

Immediate “Yes” – It is not common, but it is possible that I leave the meeting with all the information I need and, with some quick reflection, signal the founder that I’d like to invest. I do this in the meeting partly to stay present about having a proper close to the meeting, to give the founder a clear sense of what I’m thinking, and to stop the back-and-forth email that can occur after a meeting. I will meet a founder with great potential.

A Student Of Style

TechStars

Entrepreneurship is hard, especially starting out as a solo founder.”. Techstars has a rigorous process of finding founders that are of a certain caliber. Accelerators fashion founder lifestyle

Founders from MIT With a Plan to Change How We Grow and Eat Food

Both Sides of the Table

In our industry we always talk about funding big ideas or funding things with more meaning. It’s something Yves Sisteron & I have been talking about for years at Upfront Ventures.

Hi! I’m Aviel, Founders’ Co-op’s new General Partner.

Founders Coop

I’m thrilled to publicly announce the really poorly kept secret , that after almost 4 years of working alongside Chris DeVore and the rest of the Founders’ Co-op team, I’ve stepped into the partnership with both feet as a General Partner. With that, where I can create the most value and grow the most is not as a founder, but as an investor working with founders by supporting and challenging them. We love founders that follow the customer and not the technology.

A Founder’s First Key Decision Is The Business Name

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Some startup founders try unusual word spellings to make their business stand out, but this can be trouble when customers ‘Google’ your business to find you, or try to refer you to others. Image via Startup Professionals. First things first – your startup needs a name!

How This Founder Wants to Apply Her Technology to Help Save the Planet’s Resources

Both Sides of the Table

One of the most exciting thinkers at Summit was Rebecca Kantar, the founder of Imbellus. There are so many moments from the Upfront Summit that I want to share with you — it just takes time to watch through all the videos, do write ups and still do my day job.

First Round Funding Terms and Founder Vesting

Both Sides of the Table

The meme was kicked off by Chris Dixon with this post saying that term sheets need to be simplified and align investor / founder interests. One very important item from Chris’s original post that wasn’t picked up by Fred or Brad is founder vesting.

Why Founders are Wrong, Even When They're Right

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Oh, and make someone from your 25 person Moldova tech team your co-founder. Don't forget to tell all your founder friends about our ultra-pre-pre-seed program. It doesn't pay to look at it any other way--and I think too many founders focus on the investor as the problem versus their pitch or their company. Here are a few ways founders can improve their chances with an investor: 1) Make sure you actually have a viable startup idea, *before* you pitch.